‘Our ancestors are our fire’: Elders and Youth conference kicks off in Anchorage

first_imgAlaska Native Arts & Culture‘Our ancestors are our fire’: Elders and Youth conference kicks off in AnchorageOctober 15, 2018 by Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media Share:Elder Ugiaqtaq Wesley Aiken delivers his keynote address at the 2018 Elders and Youth conference at the Denai’ina Center in Anchorage on Monday. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes/Alaska Public Media)In front of a crowded ballroom in the Denai’na Center in Anchorage on Monday, Patuk Glenn introduced this year’s theme for the Elders and Youth conference: “Our ancestors are our fire,” Glenn announced in Inupiaq and English.The elder keynote address came from Ugiaqtaq Wesley Aiken, age 92, who was introduced as the oldest man in Utqiagvik. A whaler, reindeer herder, tradesman and community leader throughout his life, Aiken told young members of the audience to seek out the tools that would best equip them to support themselves in modern life. In his time, that meant hunting, and learning whatever trades he could in his community.“I wish I had higher education myself. But I tried to make living with what I can do in my hometown,” Aiken said. “I am a carpenter. I’m a mechanic. Heavy equipment operator.”Day one of the wrapped up in Anchorage on Monday. The annual conference precedes the Alaska Federation of Natives convention each fall, designed to strengthen inter-generational connections and share indigenous knowledge around the state.Generally Elders and Youth is a less overtly political event than AFN. But this year, state politics looms large. A group that formed last year, Native Peoples Action, presented on efforts to mobilize indigenous votes in the upcoming November elections. During a panel on Alaska Natives entering state government, Julianna Clock told the crowd she’d been able to channel anger over racial disparities she saw growing up Kaltag into action working as an analyst for the governor’s office.“The knowledge we gain from the people who life us up, from our parents and our grandparents, our elders and our ancestors, is just as valuable as the Western certificates that we gain in schools,” Clock said. “And it’s important to get those, too. We are equal to all the people in those rooms. And we have a seat at the table. And we have a place.”Gov. Bill Walker speaks at the Elders and Youth conference in the Denai’ina Center in Anchorage on Monday. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes/Alaska Public Media)Though far from a campaign stump speech, Gov. Bill Walker’s address touched on several recent events. Walker noted how much he’s learned about indigenous languages since coming into office. But said signing a recent administrative order on the issue was overshadowed by the funeral in Kotzebue for 10-year-old Ashley Johnson-Barr just a day before.“I celebrate all the great things that happen in Alaska while I’m governor, but I take responsibility for everything that’s bad that happens in Alaska because I’m governor,” Walker said. “And I take that very seriously. And so as I sat there through that service, that two-and-a-half hours in Koztebue, all I could think of was what could I have done differently. What could I have done as governor to make sure that hadn’t happened, make sure that never happens again.”Walker is in a tough three-way race for re-election where recent polling has Republican candidate Mike Dunleavy at a significant advantage.The Elders and Youth Conference wraps up Wednesday.360 North is carrying live television coverage of the conference. Share this story:last_img read more

Oxford Instruments warns over weak Russia and Japan trading

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‘I don’t think it goes away’: Pharma experts weigh in on the next 4 years of drug pricing reform

first_img ‘I don’t think it goes away’: Pharma experts weigh in on the next 4 years of drug pricing reform General Assignment Reporter Kate covers biotech startups and the venture capital firms that back them. Politics Kate Sheridan Results from Tuesday’s presidential election remain unclear — but that didn’t stop a panel of experts from trying to parse the consequences for the pharmaceutical industry.At a virtual event hosted by the Massachusetts trade group MassBio Thursday, three panelists were skeptical that either potential president would immediately push aggressive drug pricing legislation. But no one assumed the election would end the issue, either. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. By Kate Sheridan Nov. 5, 2020 Reprints Log In | Learn More What’s included?center_img GET STARTED Tags drug pricingpharmaceuticalspolicySTAT+White House About the Author Reprints Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. [email protected] Unlock this article — plus daily intelligence on Capitol Hill and the life sciences industry — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTED @sheridan_kate What is it?last_img read more

RGD to Boost Database Capacity Over Next Five Years

first_imgRelatedRGD to Boost Database Capacity Over Next Five Years RGD to Boost Database Capacity Over Next Five Years Health & WellnessMay 20, 2009 RelatedRGD to Boost Database Capacity Over Next Five Years FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Over the next five years, the Registrar General’s Department (RGD) will be moving to boost its database capacity, in order to facilitate easier and ready access to records by persons using the agency’s services, said Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Patricia Holness.Speaking at Tuesday’s (May 19) weekly meeting of the Rotary Club of St. Andrew held at the Pegasus Hotel in Kingston, Dr. Holness said that over the five-year period, the RGD will endeavour to have some 60 million records of marriages, births, deaths, and deed polls, among other undertakings, electronically loaded onto its database, as part of long-term plans to improve service to clients. The data being logged incorporates the records for Jamaicans both at home and in the Diaspora.“There are different phases to it and we look forward to, in the first phase, capturing data for births and deaths and in the final stage, we will load the data for marriages. Not that marriages are not important but the request for marriage certificates are much lower than those for births,” she outlined.The RGD head said requests for death certificates are the lowest, given that a significant number of applicants are unfamiliar with the procedures involved in the application process, noting that public education is pivotal in addressing the anomaly. “We have been conducting over 960 public education outreaches across Jamaica, and we have entered over 560 schools across the island,” she informed.Since attaining Executive Agency status on April 1, 1999, the RGD has loaded upwards of 10 million records on its database. Dr. Holness said the records of births have been captured by ensuring that every child born since 1994 has been registered, and the data is “electronically available on our database.”One significant feature, which Dr. Holness said, has evolved out of the agency’s attainment of Executive Agency status, is its customer-oriented focus, which involved, among other things, the development of programmes to enhance communication between the agency and its clients. One of the results of this has been the establishment of the express service.“I am happy to report that, since 1999, the express and seven-day services have had such demand, with over 80 per cent of our services provided under these two products. We satisfied over 329,000 applicants last year,” she informed.She further said that this year, the RGD has moved to make its services more accessible by facilitating online applications. “So individuals, who are interested in applying online, can make a request to us for an entry number of a marriage officer’s name (for example), and we will provide that… free of cost,” she informed.center_img RelatedRGD to Boost Database Capacity Over Next Five Years Advertisementslast_img read more

Arrival of new Deputy Trade Commissioner for Asia Pacific

first_imgArrival of new Deputy Trade Commissioner for Asia Pacific Louise Cantillon has been appointed as the new British Consul General to New South Wales. Her role includes that of Deputy Trade Commissioner Asia Pacific (Australia and New Zealand) for the Department for International Trade (DIT) responsible for identifying and progressing trade and investment opportunities across key sectors including infrastructure, technology, financial services and defence.Cantillon as a senior member of the British High Commission’s network across Australia will contribute to the delivery of key foreign policy objectives for the UK including climate leadership and preparation for the UK’s Presidency of the UN Climate Conference (COP26).Louise Cantillon, Deputy Trade Commissioner Asia Pacific and British Consul General of New South Wales said:I am delighted to join the Australian and New Zealand networks during such a pivotal and exciting time for our countries.Current negotiations for a comprehensive free trade agreement will create more jobs, unlock trade and investment opportunities and foster innovation.’I am looking forward to working across the network as well as with partners, industry and government as we continue to strengthen our already rich relationships.As the first female British Consul General in Sydney, I am incredibly proud to be leading and representing the team at such an important time for us all.HE Vicki Treadell British High Commissioner said:I am delighted to welcome Louise to our team.This an important time as we take our partnership with Australia to one of strategic significance. She has a wealth of experience in trade and investment which will be vital as we work towards our ambitious free trade agreement and the future opportunities that follow. This will deliver jobs and growth for both our economies as we seek to build back better and greener post-Covid.Louise moved to Australia from Shanghai, China, where she was DIT’s Sector Director and Minister Counsellor of Creative, Consumer and Learning Industries. She also previously led the Infrastructure, Creative and Sports Teams in China.A chartered surveyor by background, Louise brings a wealth of international experience in both the public and private sectors, including the Head of Major Projects at the British Council working across Afghanistan, India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Malaysia.BackgroundIn 2019 to 2020 (July to June), total trade in goods and services between the UK and Australia was AUS$36.7 billion, making the UK Australia’s fifth-largest trading partner. The UK is also the third largest direct investor in Australia and the second-largest destination for Australian foreign direct investment.Louise took up her new roles effective of 26 April 2021 and will be based at the British Consulate General Sydney. Find her on Twitter and LinkedIn (log in required)Louise has recently taken up weight lifting, is fluent in Mandarin and enjoys spending her spare time (bush!) walking with her family. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Afghanistan, Asia, Australia, Australian, Bangladesh, China, Government, India, LinkedIn, Malaysia, New South Wales, New Zealand, pacific, Pakistan, UK, UK Government, UNlast_img read more

Regulations Governing the Period of Public Emergency

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Governor General His Excellency the Most Honourable Sir Patrick Allen has signed off on the regulations that will govern the current period of public emergency that was declared Sunday May 23. The Jamaican Constitution requires that once a state of emergency is imposed, regulations be published detailing the powers of the authorities and the restrictions that apply to citizens.The regulations speak of a Competent Authority and identify that authority as the Governor General, the Minister of National Security, the Chief of Staff of the Jamaica Defence Force, the Commissioner of Police, the Deputy Commissioner of Police, or the Senior Office of Police in the parish of Kingston and St. Andrew.During the period of public emergency, which is scheduled to last for at least another 28 days and is limited to the corporate area, the regulations give the Competent Authority the power to do the following: Prevent persons from remaining in, preventing or blocking access to any structure or building.Prevent persons from blocking, obstructing or interfering with any road or path.Erect barriers, block access or divert any road or cordon any area, place or premises to prohibit or otherwise regulate access to such places. Where this power is exercised the Competent Authority should give notice to the public by the most effective methods. In certain instances the orders will have to be published in the gazette – the body of laws signed by the Governor General. In other cases, the Competent Authority may use its discretion to decide how to publish public notices, whether through posters, loudspeaker notification, flyers, banners etc.Establish cordons and curfews and require persons to stay indoors and not to leave without the required permit. Under the regulations persons who enter or leave an area where a curfew is in place without written or oral permission, are guilty of an offence and can be placed before the court for punishment.Direct persons in charge of vehicles to move them to some other point in a 10 mile radius.Search premises or vehicles where persons are suspected or are likely to endanger public safety.Stop and search vehicles if it’s suspected that they are being used in a manner prejudicial to public safety.Have right of access to do work on land which is required for the perseveration of peace or regulating the supply and distribution of water, fuel, electricity transportation and other necessities (the statutory purpose).Take over on the order of the Governor General any premises or facility which provides essential services defined in the Regulations.Prevent trespass to public premises.Prevent trespass to premises of essential services.Protect public roads. This may include the setting up of road blocks and cordons which should be communicated to the public via notices in newspapers or though the electronic media. Once these road blocks or cordons are in place, persons will have to get permission to enter or leave the areas in question.Requisition essential services, by taking possession of premises apart from cash and securities after notice is given.Demand that persons furnish or produce to the Competent Authority articles or information in possession of persons who are deemed to have information or articles in their possession.Restrict publication of undesirable material which may be prejudicial to the public interest or which may incite persons to commit a breach of the peace.Prohibit assemblies of persons.Prohibit the carrying of a firearm or other lethal weapon.Prohibit the use of firearms and ammunition conditionally or unconditionally.Restrict access to certain areas for persons who are suspected of acting prejudicial to public safety.Prohibit the wearing of uniforms and emblems except for those engaged in lawful industrial action.Question persons and demand answers.Arrest and detain persons whose behavior gives reasonable grounds for suspecting that he/she is acting in a manner prejudicial to public safety, or has committed an offence against the Regulations. Such persons are to be detained up to a period not exceeding 24 hours. However, the Competent Authority has the power to extend that detention period by a further 5 days on the authority of a Resident Magistrate or a police officer not below the rank of Deputy Superintendent.Search persons and seize any article which is suspected or intended to be used in a manner prejudicial to public order and/or public safety.Confine persons to residences on the authority of the Minister to prevent such persons from acting in a manner prejudicial to public safety.Control places of public resort and entertainment which are specified in an order.Restrict the granting of bail for persons who contravene or fail to comply with provisions of the Regulations, and where it is believed that such persons would be likely to commit a similar offence against the Regulations.Deal with compensation for the use of property and equipment during the period of state of emergency.Additionally, the Minister of National Security has the power to issue detention orders to exercise control over persons conditionally or unconditionally. Under the Constitution, a three-member Review Tribunal is to be established to examine cases of persons who have been detained by order of the Minister, or those who are the subject of restricted access. The Chief Justice is to appoint the Chairman of the Tribunal and the two other members appointed by the Governor General. RelatedRegulations Governing the Period of Public Emergency RelatedRegulations Governing the Period of Public Emergency Regulations Governing the Period of Public Emergency ParliamentMay 25, 2010center_img RelatedRegulations Governing the Period of Public Emergency Advertisementslast_img read more

Thwaites Stresses need for Early Detection of Antisocial Behaviour

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, has stated the need for early detection of anti-social tendencies in children in order to offer corrective measures before it is too late. “We need to try and diagnose behavioural difficulties, inadequacies and antisocial behaviour that can lead to anti-social behaviour raging when you are in your teenage years and beyond.  By diagnosing them early… when they were in pre-school or primary school, we could correct those much more efficiently,” he stated. The Minister was speaking on March 21, after a tour of the soon to be completed Malvern High School in St. Elizabeth. The school, located just across the road from the all-boys Munro College, will accommodate disruptive male students, taking the pressure off the normal school system. The facility will be equipped with professionals, including psychologists, counsellors, doctors and special teachers, who will provide the corrective environment needed for the students to return to the regular school system.” They must leave here with some competence and career direction, and the discipline must be compassionate, but very strict,” Mr. Thwaites stated. The school missed an October 2011 date for operation, but will now commence classes in September. It will be accommodating 40-45 students, who will reside at the facility for up to six months. Enrolled students will be those reported by principals and teachers, as disruptive and unmanageable, and are disturbing the normal running of the institution. Executive Architect at the Ministry, Scean Wright, informed that the school is retrofitted with a number of cost-saving mechanisms. “It is structured in a way where classes will take place here, as well as therapy sessions to counsel students. It has been set up with water catchment facilities, we also have solar water heaters put in place, the lighting is energy saving,” he informed. RelatedThwaites Stresses need for Early Detection of Antisocial Behaviour Advertisements RelatedThwaites Stresses need for Early Detection of Antisocial Behaviour RelatedThwaites Stresses need for Early Detection of Antisocial Behaviour By Garfield L. Angus, JIS Reporter Thwaites Stresses need for Early Detection of Antisocial Behaviour EducationMarch 23, 2012last_img read more

Year in Review Part 1: January

first_imgHomeFeaturedYear in Review Part 1: January Dec. 24, 2019 at 9:35 amFeaturedNewsYear in Review Part 1: JanuaryMatthew Hall1 year agoBirdcrimeJanuaryLimelyftnew yearNewsscootersyear in review The Daily Press is summarizing the year’s news as it was covered in our pages for the year. Today, we are covering the first four months of the year.JANUARYTarget announced the opening of a store on Santa Monica Boulevard. near Bundy Drive. The news followed plans to open a store in downtown Santa Monica at 5th Street and Broadway.  Like the downtown Santa Monica store, the location at 11840 Santa Monica Blvd. is smaller than a typical Target at about 31,000 square feet. Both locations are part of the company’s nationwide push to open compact stores in urban neighborhoods.Cedars-Sinai opened its first primary care practice in Santa Monica. The healthcare provider expanded its offices at the corner of Santa Monica Boulevard and 20th Street to add four primary care physicians, labs and X-ray facilities. The location will also hire specialists in hematology and oncology, neurology, cardiology and ear, nose and throat.Several Santa Monicans were elected to the California Democratic Party. Fourteen locals formed a slate to run for delegate positions in the state party and 11 were elected Jan. 27 to represent Assembly District 50, which stretches from Malibu to Hollywood. The Progressive Slate included 10 Santa Monicans, including City Councilmember Sue Himmelrich, Rent Control Board members Caroline Torosis and Anastasia Foster and Santa Monica Democratic Club President Jon Katz. Three members of the competing Grassroots Slate were elected: incumbent delegate Steve Bott, Santa Monica College trustee Barry Snell and Tamara Levenson, who co-managed the Westside Democratic HQ.Officials said Lincoln Boulevard will get its long-awaited streetscape makeover by early 2021. Construction on the Lincoln Neighborhood Corridor Plan (the LiNC) will start by the end of 2019 and last until early 2021, costing $5 to $6 million. The City of Santa Monica has been working on the LiNC since 2015 and has already installed a bus lane and planted 50 new trees along Lincoln.City Council decided on a set of goals and values to prioritize in the city of Santa Monica’s 2019-2021 budget at its annual retreat Jan. 26. The new budget will organize the services the city provides under these priorities and include metrics that track their progress. City Hall will allocate more funding toward making Santa Monica a safer and more affordable place to live, reducing homelessness and addressing climate change.The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors extended funding for homeless outreach in Santa Monica after Supervisor Sheila Kuehl recommended budgeting $300,000 towards the city’s Homeless Multidisciplinary Street Team program. The county previously put $300,000 toward the program for the 2018 calendar year and the extended support brings the  total county contribution to $600,000.Sun Scooter launched its app and deployed 100 bright yellow scooters around Los Angeles and 200 in South Florida. Although the company is based in Santa Monica, it cannot operate scooters within city limits because the city of Santa Monica only allows Bird, Lime, Lyft and Jump, which is owned by Uber, to do business in the city under its Shared Mobility program.A reality TV director, an actor, and a former director of operations for events (such as the Academy Awards and American Idol) teamed together to create a Santa Monica-based comedy TV show about dating called ‘Swipe’.Rent Control officials lost an initial battle over the fate of a former rent control property that had been brewing for more than 15 years. A judge ruled against the Rent Control Board’s efforts to bring a Mid-City apartment building in Santa Monica under rent control after allowing the owner to rent the 13 apartments at market rates since 1993. The board filed an appeal and ultimately won, bringing the building back under rent control.A UCLA study categorized the injuries of scooter riders during the explosive growth of the industry and found that e-scooter riders are most likely to be hospitalized for head injuries and broken bones. The study surveyed Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and UCLA Medical Center-Santa Monica from September 2017 to August 2018 and recorded 249 patients who visited the emergency room with injuries associated with e-scooter use.City Hall moved to clarify the complaint process for the homeless shelters it funds in response to multiple Santa Monica Shelter residents alleging neglect from The People Concern staff.City Council set priorities for the City of Santa Monica’s 2019-2021 budget using results from a community survey conducted over the last month. The 2,800 people who took the survey rated neighborhood safety, homelessness and affordability as their chief priorities. Transportation, environmental health and over-development were also common concerns.The Pico Youth and Family Center held a fundraiser to raise money to repair the damage caused by a car that crashed into the center earlier this month. Two men in a rented Bentley were driving above the speed limit down Pico Boulevard when they lost control of the vehicle and spun around several times before careening into the building. No one was hurt, but the crash destroyed the building’s windows, several computers and office equipment and furniture.City Council voted unanimously to designate a strip of Craftsman bungalows on 11th Street as Santa Monica’s fourth historic district. The decision went against a report city staff made to the Landmarks Commission in November that found the bungalows lacked historical merit. The district is composed of 10 buildings on 11th Street between Wilshire Boulevard and Arizona Avenue, seven of which are Craftsman bungalows built between 1905 and 1925.City Council appointed an activist from the Pico Neighborhood who serves on a city commission to the seat vacated by Tony Vazquez. The council chose Ana Maria Jara from a pool of 76 applicants. Jara, a 40-year resident of Santa Monica, served as vice chair of the Social Services Commission and previously served as chair of the Commission on the Status of Women. Jara took the seat as the city of Santa Monica battled a California Voting Rights Act lawsuit filed by another Latina resident of the Pico neighborhood, Maria Loya.More than 300 volunteers walked down every street in Santa Monica to count the city’s homeless population. Santa Monica joined communities across the county in conducting the annual Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count. The count documented a three percent increase in homelessness.Demolition began at the former Fred Segal building. The proposed replacement project is an 84-foot high building with 249 residential units. The ground floor will include pedestrian-oriented commercial uses, such as retail and restaurants. The project will also include ground floor open space, including a public plaza with seating, landscaping, outdoor seating for dining and widened sidewalks.A vintage store opened on Pico Boulevard giving furniture, art and decor from old homes across California a new life. Almost everything in California Rediscovered is reused, whether it’s for sale or not.The city of Santa Monica settled a potential lawsuit over payments for Section 8 tenants. A private housing provider had threatened to sue the city, alleging payments amounts for Section 8 tenants were too low for current tenants. The city disputed the claim and the settlement allows for higher payments for new tenants but retains lower payment amounts for existing tenants.City Council authorized a renovation of City Yards. Construction on the 15-acre industrial site near Bergamot Station was scheduled to start in June. Most essential services the city of Santa Monica provides operate out of City Yards, including street maintenance, custodial services and traffic operations. It’s been awaiting a $115 million reboot since 2015 and the Planning Commission granted the project a development review permit on Jan. 16.Santa Monica schools approved their own self-funded early learning program, eschewing Head Start. The Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District school board unanimously voted to not renew a five-year contract through the Los Angeles County Office of Education for Head Start services.A company that collects and inspects e-scooters overnight might be the answer to the safety issues that have followed them since they first hit the streets in fall 2017.  Sweep is a local company that evolved from a group of friends charging scooters on the Santa Monica Pier into a logistics machine that operates in cities across the United States and is planning a global expansion. The company dispatches teams at night to pick up scooters and trained mechanics run each one through a safety check, making repairs as needed.Two parents accused SMMUSD of requiring some students to purchase their own educational materials and sued the district with the help of a lawyer already embroiled in a lawsuit against the city of Santa Monica. The district lost the case and settled with the plaintiffs.The city released a ten-year projection of its revenues and expenditures. It will start spending more money than it takes in by fiscal year 2020-2021, and by FY 2028-2029 it could be in the red by up to $50 million if a recession affects revenues.The Planning Commission voted to allow a pair of local philanthropists to turn a vacant apartment building into a garden that will teach children from local elementary schools and preschools how to grow and prepare produce – free of charge. Most of the corner lot will be filled with vegetable planters and fruit trees, with a low black building set far back from Montana Avenue housing a classroom and kitchen. City Council also approved the plan with restrictions.The Arnold Strongman USA Competition came to the Pier, marking the competition’s first time in Los Angeles. The competition, hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger, featured ten of the strongest men in the world, all competing for a spot in the Strongman World Championships.An Expo Line train hit and killed a man at the 17th Street Station. The Los Angeles Sheriff ’s Department said a pedestrian on the platform of the 17th Street Station was hit by a train at about 8:20 a.m. The train came to a stop just before 14th Street and the victim was pronounced dead at the scene by the Santa Monica Fire Department.A week of rain washed into the region bringing with it high surf, mudslides and some localized flooding. High surf produced localized beach erosion and dangerous swimming conditions including sneaker waves and rip currents. Mudslides also temporarily closed sections of PCH.Silicon Beach Chamber Orchestra kicked off its 2019 Chamber Music Series with a concert at St Paul Lutheran’s church. The goal of these shows, the orchestra says, isn’t just to entertain, but to broaden audiences’ horizons while also developing a respect for the classics.Developer-paid fees funded a preschool at Santa Monica College, low-flow toilets and new bike lanes. The city of Santa Monica collected $5,643,129 from developers in the 2017-2018 fiscal year and spent $2,520,596 on child care, transportation, affordable housing loans and water sustainability projects.City Council increased the amount landlords must pay their tenants if they evict them under the Ellis Act or if the landlord or a family member moves into the unit. The increase is the first since 2011. It also raised the per diem evicted tenants get to temporarily stay in hotels while they find new housing from $165 to $292 per day.The City Attorney filed a criminal complaint against the son of Santa Monica’s most notorious landlord. The city announced that it charged Adam Shekhter, Saul Reuben Robin, Edward Jose Valentin and several affiliated companies with tenant harassment, maintaining a public nuisance and violating local zoning laws.Santa Monican Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns has spent years working to fight Alzheimer’s disease and the former Universal Studios executive recently helped champion a landmark bill that will allocate $100 million to fight Alzheimer’s disease over five years.A Mid-City resident returned to his apartment near Santa Monica Boulevard and 26th Street at about 2:30 p.m. to find a woman sleeping on his couch. He had left for vacation on Dec. 23. He arrived at his apartment to find that someone had taken the screen off of a window and flipped the front door locks. When he opened the door, he saw a woman he described as about 30 years old and 5 feet 6 inches with blonde hair sleeping on his couch.The Coastal Commission approved a rehabilitation project for the combined public safety center in Marina Del Rey. The facility is made up of two components, a shared land-based facility utilized by the Department of Beaches and Harbors, the Sheriff ’s Department for the Marina Del Rey Sheriff Station and a waterside dock utilized by the Lifeguard Division of the Fire Department, and the Sheriff Department’s Harbor Patrol Unit and storage.Water rates increased nine percent in 2019 as the city of Santa Monica embarked on several projects to wean itself off of imported water. The average single-family home customer will pay about $4.33 more per month for water to fund the design of a larger, more efficient water treatment plant, the purchase of a new well and the cost of replacing the city’s aging water mains.A man hijacked a Rapid Line 720 bus in Los Angeles and forced the driver to take him to Santa Monica. The man boarded the bus at Barrington Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard near the Sawtelle neighborhood, threatened the female bus operator with a knife and she hit the duress button inside the bus to alert law enforcement.The Santa Monica Police Department received new body-worn cameras because the cameras officers were wearing proved unreliable and faulty. An unspecified amount of data recorded by the body-worn and in-car cameras, some of which did not work, was lost.Developers were prohibited from satisfying their affordable housing requirements by including a very small number of extremely low-income units in market-rate buidlings. City Council voted to suspend the option as a means of increasing the number of low and moderately priced housing options in the city.The city of Santa Monica held four family fun days at Reed Park to potentially discourage the criminal activity that has become widespread there this year. Meet Me at Reed started in summer 2017 and was held again this past summer after it proved popular with families.Santa Monica experienced 8.8 percent more serious crime in 2018, including thefts, burglaries and aggravated assaults. The same category of crime rose by 12 percent in 2017 and 5.5 percent in 2016. Serious crimes have risen 29 percent in Santa Monica between 2015 and 2018 and law enforcement has maintained that legislation that has decriminalized certain offenses has allowed repeat criminals to return to the streets shortly after being sentenced.Go-karts were temporarily zipping past electric scooters on the Santa Monica beach bike path, and both were operating illegally. A company called Gogogo began renting go-karts for people to drive along the beach, even though City Council outlawed all electric and motorized devices on the path. The company was shut down shortly after opening.See below for more news:FebruaryTags :BirdcrimeJanuaryLimelyftnew yearNewsscootersyear in reviewshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentYear in Review Part 1: FebruaryYear in Review Part 2: AugustYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoBriefsLos Angeles Sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying evidence of 2019 assaultAssociated Press11 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson18 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter18 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor18 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press18 hours agolast_img read more

China Mobile targets overseas users with OTT app

first_img China Mobile relaunched a service it hopes will drive business from overseas mobile users by providing free calls enabled by data connections.The Jego app allows users to receive free incoming calls on a China Mobile number if they have one or, alternatively, on a rented number. The app – which is available for Android and iOS platforms – also supports free video calls, text messages and picture messages, as well as cheap international calls.Tiger Lin, CEO and chairman of China Mobile International, which is China Mobile’s international business division, told Reuters the service will target China and foreign markets through partnerships with other operators using its network.Despite being the world’s biggest operator with more than 740 million connections, China Mobile has made little impact outside of its home market. Its only foreign mobile operation is Zong in Pakistan.According to John Jiang, China Mobile CTO, Jego was launched in June but had to be withdrawn due to the demand it created on China Mobile’s network and the fact it was a prototype.The rise of so-called Over-The-Top (OTT) messaging apps such as Skype, WhatsApp, LINE and Tencent’s Weixin/WeChat have impacted operator revenue around the world, as they bypass traditional cellular networks and run over WiFi. Operators are therefore looking to partner with, or compete against, OTT players in an effort to create new revenue streams.Rival China Telecom launched an OTT messaging app in August, through a joint venture with Chinese internet company NetEase, while China Unicom formed a partnership with Tencent in July to launch a SIM card for the Weixin OTT messaging app. Tim Ferguson Apps Author Related China MobileJegomessaging appServicesTechnology Previous ArticleInterview: MasterCardNext ArticleTelkom SA mulling mobile options Tim joined Mobile World Live in August 2011 and works across all channels, with a particular focus on apps. He came to the GSMA with five years of tech journalism experience, having started his career as a reporter… More Read more center_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 18 NOV 2013 HomeAppsNews China Mobile targets overseas users with OTT app Telegram adds privacy, video upgrades WhatsApp tests multiple devices chat sync Tags Google to block Messages app on some Android phoneslast_img read more

U.S. Slaps Tariffs on Canadian Lumber

first_imgThe saga over softwood lumber markets in Canada and the United States moved forward this week, with the announcement that the U.S. would impose tariffs on Canadian lumber after settlement talks between the countries failed.Canadian trade authorities decried the move as “unfair, unwarranted and deeply troubling” in a statement.Softwood lumber has been the subject of an enduring trade dispute between the two countries, and the most recent Softwood Lumber Agreement (SLA) lapsed last November after 10 years.In May, President Donald Trump announced a 24 percent tax on imported softwood lumber, which the Canadians also called punitive. The Nov. 2 decision from the U.S. Department of Commerce places most Canadian lumber producers paying a combined tariff of 20.83 percent.Montana Republican U.S. Sen. Steve Daines praised the move as a way to “level the playing field” for Montana lumber producers.“[Thursday’s] announcement is putting America first and protecting the hardworking families who rely on good-paying lumber jobs,” Daines said in a prepared statement. “We are leveling the playing field so that the Canadians have to play by the same set of rules that Montanans do.”In its decision, the Commerce Department determined that Canadian exporters have sold lumber in the U.S. for 3.2 percent to 8.9 percent under fair market value, and that Canada is subsidizing softwood lumber producers at rates of 3.34 percent to 18.19 percent.Canada’s Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Jim Carr, Minister of Natural Resources, released a Nov. 2 statement on the Commerce Department’s determinations.“The U.S. Department of Commerce’s decision on punitive countervailing and anti-dumping duties against Canada’s softwood lumber producers is unfair, unwarranted and deeply troubling. That is why we announced an $867 million action plan to support affected workers and communities and to chart a stronger future for our worker,” the ministers said.They urged the U.S. to rescind the new duties, which they said harm workers and communities in Canada. They also said Canada would defend its softwood lumber industry through litigation if need be.The basis of the dispute comes down to two different forms of government having two different forms of lumber harvest. Canada’s provincial government owns the majority of timberlands that provide trees to Canadian producers, charging an administered fee. In the U.S., the timberlands are typically privately owned, and the market determines the price of those logs through public sales.In 2006, the countries reached a bilateral deal with the SLA, in which Canadian producers agreed to adhere to a quota on softwood lumber exports to the U.S. or pay taxes on the goods shipped here. The deal expired in October 2015, starting a one-year complaint window during which nothing was filed.A month after the agreement lapsed, the U.S. Lumber Coalition filed a petition with the federal Commerce Department and International Trade Commission to seek duties for Canadian lumber that the coalition said is dumped into the U.S. market under market value. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Emaillast_img read more